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New Thames crossing consultation to open for Greenwich and Bexley
A SECOND consultation will be launched at the end of this month into new Thames crossings in Greenwich and Bexley.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is promoting a tunnel at Silvertown, connecting with the Greenwich peninsula, and a ferry link between Thamesmead and Beckton.
The first consultation on the crossings took place in February this year.
The second consultation will run from October 29 to February 1 next year.
Transport for London (TFL) says the 49-year-old Woolwich ferry needs to be replaced by a Gallions Reach ferry which will hold more cars.
It claims it could be delivered by 2017 if planning permission and funding can be assured.
A Silvertown tunnel would offer an alternative to the crowded Blackwall Tunnel and be able to support taller vehicles.
It would have an estimated capacity of 2,400 vehicles per hour in each direction.
TFL says the earliest this could open would be 2021.
Plans for a six-lane Thames Gateway Bridge, between Thamesmead and Beckton, were scrapped by the Mayor in 2008 after widespread protestation.
Three drop-in sessions are scheduled for those living and working in Bexley
Saturday November17 10am to 4pm - Abbey Wood Community Centre in Knee Hill
Monday November 26 3pm to 6.30pm - Thamesmead Library in Binsey Walk
Thursday December 6 10am to 8pm - Broadway Shopping Centre in Broadway
Those wishing to contribute to the discussion can go to consultations.tfl.gov.uk/river/crossings once the consultation period begins.
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